Here are some of our favorite photos from our Yellowstone National Park trip!
We saw a roadside attraction called 1880 Town that we decided to stop at along our drive. It was so cool! It has tons of real buildings and relics from the era. They also had Dances with Wolves movie props inside.
Our next stop was Badlands National Park in South Dakota. It was full of layered rock formations and steep canyons.
We then got to see Mount Rushmore!
In Wyoming we saw a storm rolling in, so we decided to stop for a few photos. The lighting was split with storm on one side and the sun shining on the other. It was gorgeous!
Josh was clearly excited.
We finally made it to Yellowstone National Park! Did you know that Yellowstone is 3,500 sq. miles of wilderness that sits atop a volcanic hot spot? And that there are more geysers in Yellowstone than anywhere else on earth?
A geyser in Norris Geyser Basin.
Grand Prismatic is beautiful. The colors are unbelievable!
We saw so many bison! We actually saw them walking down the street! I got a little scared because one of them looked right at me while walking!
A storm rolled in and added contrast to the mountains. Gorgeous!
There is minimal light pollution in the parks, so we were able to see the Milky Way!
Elk are known for grazing and laying at Mammoth Lodge and sure enough we saw them!
Black Pool at the West Thumb Geyser Basin was so pretty! Look at the color! This area is known as the West Thumb caldera which was formed by a volcanic eruption that took place 174,000 years ago! This bay is actually a smaller caldera within the larger Yellowstone caldera. The resulting caldera filled with water, creating the bay.
Biggest highlight was seeing these two adorable bear cubs in a tree! Mama bear was on the ground. They were both napping to start, then the lighter brown one woke up and started trying to play with the black one. He/she wasn’t having it! They played for a bit before climbing down the tree and taking off with mama.
It looks like he/she is sticking its tongue out! So cute!
On our way home we saw an airplane boneyard attraction that was pretty cool!
Prairie dogs are so cute!
Devils Tower was our next stop. We’re big on aliens and part of Close Encounters of the Third Kind was filmed here! We also learned that it’s the first US monument.
We decided to stay here to see the stars and Milky Way as well. We loved that part of their motto is “half the park is after dark!”.